Former Call of Duty devs at Infinity Ward start their own studio and tease new game - Dexerto

Former Call of Duty devs at Infinity Ward start their own studio and tease new game

Published: 17/Jan/2019 17:16 Updated: 17/Jan/2019 17:55

by Calum Patterson


A group of ex-Infinity Ward developers, who completed work on Call of Duty titles including Ghosts, Advanced Warfare and Infinite Warfare, have started a new studio and are working on a brand new game.

Kent Gambill, former engineer with Infinity Ward, will be the head of new Indie Studio ‘Winterborn’, joined by artist and designer Moudy Hamo, who also worked on various CoD titles.

The Winterborn studio is already working a new game – although it doesn’t sound like it will be taking much inspiration from the team’s past experience with Call of Duty, or first-person shooters generally.

Instead, the team is in development of a new ‘tactical RPG’ title, something which Gambill has had in mind for 12 years: “It’s been a dream of mine to make the kind of game I grew up on and I love tactical RPGs.”

They’re not the first Infinity Ward developers to split away from the studio that created classics such as Call of Duty 4 and Modern Warfare 2, and try to forge their own path.

Former lead developers at Infinity Ward, Vince Zampella and Jason West famously left the famed studio after the release of Modern Warfare 2 due to a legal dispute with Activision, and founded Respawn Entertainment.

Infinity Ward’s trailer for 2016 Infinite Warfare broke the record for most YouTube dislikes at the time.

Respawn went on to release the Titanfall series, and announced at E3 2018 that they were working on the next EA Star Wars game, ‘Jedi: Fallen Order’.

Some of the other devs who left Infinity Ward along with Zampella and West have now returned to the studio, and Call of Duty fans are excited at the prospect of Modern Warfare 4 potentially releasing in late 2019, with some of the original crew back in charge of the ship.

2016’s Infinite Warfare, the last CoD title released by the studio, was met with a negative reception from fans who felt it was too futuristic in its setting – netting the reveal video millions of dislikes.

Fans are cautiously optimistic for Infinity Ward’s 2019 offering however.

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Bryce Hall responds to backlash over leaked Brock Pierce endorsement DMs

Published: 25/Oct/2020 16:51 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 16:57

by Charlotte Colombo


With the US elections just around the corner, everyone – including famous TikTokers – is gearing up to cast a vote that will change the shape of the country’s future. However, Bryce Hall was on the receiving end of criticism after a leaked conversation seemed to confirm that he was voting for third party candidate, Brock Pierce.

It seems like wherever Bryce Hall goes, drama isn’t too far behind. Only this week, he has been warring with Sway House co-founder Thomas Petrou for reaching out in order to start “fake beef” as well as finding himself in a brawl with restaurant employees, with the LAPD later filing a felony battery report over it.

This time, fans were upset after leaked messages appeared to confirm that Hall was not only endorsing third candidate Brock Pierce, but was also planning on voting for him.

Quick to dispel these rumors alongside fan suspicion over his reason for visiting Wyoming, Hall posted a Tweet explaining that the only reason he was to use his influence for good: namely, by “encourag[ing] the youth to get involved in the political process”.

Referring to the leaked messages, where he seems to confirm he’s voting for Pierce, Hall claims that he was merely “making a joke with an acquaintance,” who then “decided to be an a**hole and share it”.

“The only person I endorse for president is Mamma Hall. Take that to the bank,” he quipped.

However, not all fans were satisfied with his response, with one Twitter user arguing that voting for a third candidate isn’t something to joke about.

The fan said: “The thing is this isn’t something to joke about though? As a black supporter, it’s frustrating because advocating for a third party is advocating for someone who wants to take away my basic human rights so no Bryce I’m not laughing.”

Other fans, however, showed support for Hall, with one Twitter user saying: “What I’m understanding here is that Bryce here isn’t allowed to support who he believes in, am I getting that right?”

Why did fans think Hall was endorsing Brock Pierce?

Fans initially became suspicious when Hall posed for a selfie outside Pierce’s presidential campaign van.

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Fans weren’t happy to see Hall posing outside a Brock Pierce van.

Soon after, entrepreneur Mahbod Moghadam leaked a conversation he has with Hall about Pierce where, after discussing Hall’s upcoming interview with the candidate for his podcast, he told Moghadam that Pierce “was an interesting guy” who “had my vote.”

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Hall seems to confirm that he is voting for Brock Pierce.

Brock Pierce later shared the exchange on his Instagram story.

Many fans resulted with outrage at this apparent endorsement, with many of them accusing Hall of using his platform irresponsibly. One fan said: “Must be nice to have the privilege of not caring who to endorse in this election and influencing your followers to vote for a third party.”

Several other fans accused him of encouraging fans to “waste” their vote, with one Twitter user asking: “Does he even realize what this does?! I’m so disappointed.”

While Hall seems to have poured cold water over a possible Brock Pierce endorsement, it is clear that he has some way to go before he regains fans’ trust.